James C. Bernstein
James C. Bernstein
  • July 12, 1932 - December 13, 2016
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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James Charles Bernstein (“Jimbuck”), 84, passed away peacefully on December 13, 2016 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Charlotte Hall, Maryland due to complications of Advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

Jim was a lifelong resident of Eastport, born on July 12, 1932 to the late John and Margaret Smith Bernstein. He attended St. Mary’s Schools 1st to 12th grades, a graduate of the Class of 1950. While a student, he was a member of the Football and Basketball teams contributing to many of their victories.

Jim served proudly with the U.S. Air Force, 1950-1954, during the Korean War. He was a Radar Specialist manually tracking unauthorized aircraft in restricted areas.

Employed by Bob Waterman (deceased) for 20 years, they developed and built most of the houses in the Greenacres and Anchorage developments in Annapolis, as well as the Eastern Shore. He retired from the U.S. Naval Academy with 15 years service, having served as Foreman of the Carpenter Shop. He then became employed by the Md. State of Legislative Services, Bill Room, for the next 17 years.

Jim was an avid hunter and waterman, and at age 6 learning how to crab and fish by his maternal grandfather, Jim Smith. A masterful carpenter, he loved working with wood, transforming it into works of beauty, especially duck, geese and swan decoys.

Jim was a life member of the Elks, a devoted Notre Dame Football fan, and with his wife, Betty, were Naval Academy football season ticket holders for 25 years. Together they traveled all parts of New England enjoying visits with family.

Jim attended many of his children’s and grandchildren’s sports activities. He was also a coach for the Elks Youth football teams.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of 31 years, his son, Eric Bernstein (Jennifer), his daughter, Dana Molina (Steve), grandchildren, Michael and Megan Bernstein, Bradley and Lauren Molina. Also survived by his wife’s son Roy Cranford (Julie), daughter, Kathy Cranford Smith (Mark), and her grandsons, Andrew, Adam and Wil Cranford. Other survivors include his brother, Jack Bernstein, brother-in-law, Preston Metcalf, and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Mary Jane Metcalf, the mother of his children.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday 12/30/2016 at noon, at John M. Taylor’s Funeral Home, followed by refreshments.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Charlotte Hall, Maryland, in Jim’s memory.